Moving to a new home is a big task. It involves more than simply packing up and moving. There are many stages of moving that can leave you feeling tired and pretty stressed. Instead of letting moving get the best of you, your energy, and your mood, use this guide to help you take the stress out of moving.
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Set a moving date
When you have decided and finalized where you are moving to, you should set a moving in date with the owner. You should also think about setting a moving-out date (from your current home) on the same day so that everything can be done in one day. On moving day, ensure the removal company, all of your stuff, and yourself are ready. You will want to take a day off of work to reduce the stress and be able to focus on the move primarily. If everything goes smoothly on a moving day, you can resume back to work the following day and let the rest of the home fall into place.
Get help from a removal company
You will most likely have lots of stuff you want to take with you, especially furniture and appliances. For that, you may want to consider hiring moving services to help you with the heavy and bulky stuff. They can move everything for you so you don’t have to worry. All you need to do is tell them what to take and what to leave. They will do all of the heavy lifting and placement of the items from one home to the other.
Pack up early
When it comes to packing your stuff up, it can help to get a head start. When you know your moving date, you have something to work towards. Pack up everything you will not need ahead of time so when it comes to moving day, everything is ready to go.
Only take with you what you need
On the topic of packing and moving all of your items to a new home, you may want to think about decluttering your current home. Although we hold a lot of memories with certain objects, some may never get used and could go to a better home. Tackle one room at a time. Or, one drawer or corner at a time if you have a lot of stuff. Declutter everything you can so that you have less stuff to transport to your new house. Your new house will also feel clutter-free and be a fresh and inspiring space.
Store stuff away
If there are some things that are very important to you but will not get used daily in your home, it may be worth storing them away. Either at a family home or in a lock-up service, you can keep your special items safe and not have to take them with you to a new home.
Making a list is a great way to get yourself organized ahead of time. You could make one big list with everything you need to do and organize, or consider creating a few different lists to cover various elements of the move. For instance, you could make a list of things to pack, people you need to hire, and what you need to do when you get to your new home.
You will be surprised at how helpful making a proper plan will be in ensuring that you get everything done quickly and stress-free.
Tackle one thing a day
There is a lot that goes on when you move house. As well as the move itself or organizing your goods, you will need to tackle insurance, surveyors, finances, and more. So, focus on one thing at a time so it does not become too overwhelming. Similarly, do not let things pile on top of one another. You would be drowning in things to do if you leave everything until the last minute. Make a to-do list, with the priorities at the top, and work on one thing at a time. That way, you can give all of your energy to the task at hand and eliminate unnecessary stressors. You will also want to think about taking regular breaks. While it might be tempting to get everything done ASAP, this is the surest way to burn out quickly. You could consider doing something fun for every hour or two of packing and organizing. Whether this is a tea and TV break or getting out for a walk, taking some time out from thinking about the move is a great way to keep yourself fresh and energized for longer.
Get help from the experts
Conveyancers, solicitors, and mortgage brokers may cost a little, but it’s worth it for the peace of mind. Unless you’re trained in conveyancing, dealing with the legal paperwork for your move can be a nightmare (even if the transaction is simple). Similarly, mortgage brokers can cut a lot of the hassle out of your mortgage search, explain anything you’re not sure about, and save you a lot of money. Take some stress off your plate by adding it to someone else’s – that’s what they’re there for.
Switch your energy bills early
Moving home will require you to switch your energy bills. Or, go with a new provider. Either way, do it before you move. The last thing you would want is to move, settle in, and then do have any hot water running. If you do this before you move, you can let your provider know the day you want the energy to begin so that everything will be working when you get to the new home.
Do lots of research
If you are switching energy providers because you are a person who likes to save money, then you may want to ensure to do lots of research. This goes for all aspects, from removal companies to insurance. If you do enough research, you will more than likely find the best deals. You will save money and get everything organized before the move, which will save lots of time and stress.
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Karen Rodriguez says
Switching the energy bills is one I personally forgot and can honestly say ‘it is a pain in the behind’. I’m still amazed how many times I’ve had to move and how we tend to forget to consider these basic things. This is a great short list of things to remember! Practical certainly. Thanks!
Your welcome, Karen! Amy at NeededInTheHome